Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse returns to the ring this Saturday night on Showtime, when he faces John Molina at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. While Molina is a major underdog, Matthysse says he's not looking past him.
Matthysse admits, however, that he does want a rematch with Danny Garcia, or a fight with any of the titlists at 140 pounds, before he eventually moves up to welterweight.
"This not going to be an easy fight. This guy comes forward, and I'm expecting a good fight. This is a worthy opponent and he has a good record. He's got a lot of skills. ... I want to win the the title at 140 one more time, and then I will move up to 147. But after Molina, they've promised me another shot at 140."
Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO) lost to Garcia last September on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard, dropping a decision in a fight where he was outboxed and beaten up, with his right eye being battered shut. That said, there's a good argument that they're still the two best in the world at 140 pounds, and a rematch would certainly be more reasonable than, say, Garcia's rematch with Erik Morales a couple years ago.
Other than that, the titleholders at 140 are Lamont Peterson, a guy Matthysse demolished last year in a catchweight bout; and Jessie Vargas, who fights for Top Rank and thus is not an option.